Baylor 60

(9-16, 1-13 Big 12)

(22) Oklahoma 103

(21-6, 10-4 Big 12)

    1:30 PM ET, February 26, 2005

    Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Oklahoma

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    BAY 28 3260
    #22OKLA 44 59103

    Top Performers

    Baylor: A. Bruce 22 Pts, 1 Reb, 6 Ast

    Oklahoma: J. Williams 15 Pts, 10 Ast, 4 Stl

    Bears have lost 22 straight to Sooners

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Jaison Williams and Johnnie Gilbert played big roles in a high-scoring, exciting Senior Night that had everything for Oklahoma (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) .

    Everything but suspense.

    Williams had 15 points and 10 assists and Gilbert scored 13 points Saturday in their final game at Lloyd Noble Center as the Sooners beat Baylor 103-60.

    "I don't know if you can script a better Senior Night," Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said.

    Taj Gray scored 16 points, David Godbold added 14 and Terrell Everett 11 for Oklahoma, which shot a school-record 66.1 percent in the win. The previous record of 66 percent was set Mar. 16, 1985, against Illinois State.

    The Sooners (21-6, 10-4 Big 12) extended a 16-point halftime lead by hitting their first seven shots of the second half. Everett made a 3-pointer from the right side to start a 26-3 run that ended any chance of a comeback by Baylor (9-16, 1-13).

    Gray added a three-point play and Everett converted a fast-break layup before Godbold scored six of the next eight points for the Sooners. After a dunk by Gilbert and 3-pointers from each corner by Williams, Longar Longar slammed home an alley-oop with both hands to put Oklahoma ahead 74-36.

    By that time, the Sooners were 12-for-13 on field goals in the half.

    "When the ball goes in, you look awful good," Sampson said.

    Oklahoma, which has won four games in a row, is a half-game behind Oklahoma State and Kansas for first-place in the Big 12. The Cowboys and Jayhawks play Sunday.

    "Our guys have got a lot of energy going right now," Gilbert said. "The thing right now is we've got to keep this going for the rest of the season. And I think we're starting to grasp that."

    The Bears, who have lost 22 straight games to the Sooners, never put up much resistance.

    Oklahoma hit its first 10 shots and took a 28-10 lead on Everett's layup after Gray stole a Baylor inbounds pass. The second of two 3-pointers by Williams started a string of 11 straight points for the Sooners that Gray capped with a right-handed jam to make it 20-8.

    When the Sooners finally started missing, they were able to grab their own rebounds, too. Gray grabbed Lawrence McKenzie's missed 3-pointer for a putback, and two possessions later Gilbert rebounded his own miss and scored to make it 34-16.

    "Every coach dreams of having a Senior Day like that, and I don't think it gets any better for Oklahoma," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "In our case, it was completely the opposite. I don't think it gets much worse.

    "We played poorly, and a lot of it had to do with the great effort, energy and intensity they played with. They really shot the ball well, and they deserve a lot of credit in this game."

    By the time Baylor finally got its first rebound, the Bears had committed 10 turnovers and were trailing 36-19 with 5:09 to play in the first half. Ryan Pryor, a 6-foot-1 guard, was credited with the rebound when he was fouled by Godbold while going for the ball.

    The Bears, who last beat Oklahoma on Dec. 6, 1977, were outrebounded 16-4 in the first half and trailed 44-28 at the break.

    Aaron Bruce scored 22 points, Patrick Fields had 11 and Richard Hurd added 10 for Baylor in its most lopsided loss since a 91-42 defeat at Oklahoma on Feb. 8, 2003.

    The Bears, who have lost 11 straight games, had only five scholarship players available.

    "We know we have to play a near-perfect game and the opponent not play a perfect game," Drew said. "When both of those happen, then we'll have a chance."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 60 103
    FG Made-Attempted 21-45 (.467) 39-59 (.661)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-21 (.429) 11-19 (.579)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-18 (.500) 14-16 (.875)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 47

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